Alternative propulsion

June 17, 2008 - 11:07am

Apopka, Fla.-based GreenFlight International continues to refine its “first generation” biofuel for jets and plans to conduct the first biofuel transcontinental flight using this blend within the next 60 days, company founder Douglas Rodante told AIN.

May 21, 2008 - 11:33am

Honeywell Aerospace, along with Honeywell subsidiary UOP, Airbus, JetBlue and International Aero Engines (IAE), are joining efforts to develop a sustainable biofuel, using feedstocks that do not compete with food or water resources. The five partners will focus on converting bio feedstocks to commercial aviation fuels. Those feedstocks could be algae.

May 20, 2008 - 9:49am

Universal Weather and Aviation (Booth No. 337) announced that its UVair unit continues to add fuel specialists dedicated to servicing requests of Europe-based operators. The fuel experts reside in and cover the European bizav fuel market. The team began with Steve Woods, the UVair fuel manager for the European region. Last year Yeet Jones, UVair fuel consultant, joined Woods to concentrate solely on Europe.

May 19, 2008 - 4:49am

Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg recently spent their first 25 hours at the controls of a flight simulator that replicates the cockpit in the first Solar Impulse prototype HB-SIA. Piccard flew the prototype from Tuesday, May 13 at 7:27 a.m. to Wednesday, May 14 at 8:43 a.m., and Borschberg from Thursday, May 15 at 7:20 a.m. to Friday, May 16 at 8:38 a.m.

May 8, 2008 - 11:45am

When you pull up to the gas pump in your car, you probably don’t think much about what is in your fuel. Perhaps you try to find a certain brand based on the fuel card in your pocket, but usually price is the primary factor. What about when you’re fueling your aircraft? Most corporate aircraft pilots and operators are aware of the fuel system icing inhibitors (FSII) and biocides available as additives for jet-A and jet-A1.

May 8, 2008 - 9:59am

After discovering last September that both companies were planning to launch their own RVSM certification programs for the Learjet 20 series, Avcon and Bizjet International decided that “rather than fight each other for the same market, we preferred to come to an agreement and cut the research and development costs in half.” According to Larry Franke, president of Avcon, each company will bear half the cost of development and certification, wi

March 19, 2008 - 7:28am

Deals like this one don’t come along everyday. Satcom maker EMS Technologies announced a large price reduction for its HSD-128 high-speed data satcom terminal at the NBAA show last month, from a suggested retail price of $182,750 to a new list price of $135,000. But buyers had better act soon–the almost $50,000 drop in price is effective only through the end of the year, according to the Ottawa, Ontario company.

February 17, 2008 - 11:10pm

Airbus and Shell recently made the first ever commercial flight using liquid fuel processed from gas when an A380 airliner flew from Filton in the UK to the airframer’s Toulouse, France headquarters. The flight marked the start of a program to evaluate the environmental impact of alternative fuels in the airline market.

November 28, 2007 - 10:33am

Bertrand Piccard, initiator of the Solar Impulse program, which is calling for a flight around the world with an aircraft powered exclusively by solar energy, showcased the state of his venture in a media conference at Duebendorf airfield near Zurich, Switzerland, last month.

November 11, 2007 - 7:10pm

Bertrand Piccard, initiator of the Solar Impulse program calling for a flight around the world with an aircraft powered exclusively by solar energy, showcased the state of his venture in a media conference at the Duebendorf airfield near Zurich, Switzerland, on November 6.

 
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